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NEWS 



Volume 3 



Plainville, Mass., Jan. 19, 1922 



Number 2 



W. & D. Bowling League 

The league has now entered the sec- 
ond round with all serene on the hor- 
izon. The way things are going now, 
improving every day the league will 
become an annual affair, and con- 
trary to statement made in the last 
article, it will become a yelping and 
not howling success. 

Team 4 is now the leader but even 
Napoleon was beaten, and the rest 
of the teams acknowledge no leader. 
The last article stated that we were 
watching the passing of Jessie Jill- 
son, veteran bowler. That must have 
got under his skin for he broke all 
the records in the last match, Fran- 
cis's high single of 122 being raised 
by said Mr. Jillson to 133, and Clou- 
tier's three string total of 307 to 346. 
This is some bowling and it wasn't 
confined to Jessie alone. His team 
rolled 526 for a team single record, 
and 1495 for team total record. The 
rest of the teams had best watch this 
aggregation, team No. 3, for they cut 
a wide swath when pushed. The 
standing of the teams, so far : 

Team 4 
Team 1 
Team 5, 
Team 3, 
Team 6, 
Team 2, 

High Singfc, Jillson, Team 3, 133. 
High 3-string total, Jillson, Team 3, 

346. 
High ream single, Team 3, 526. 
High tejp total. Team 3, 1495. 
Booby single, Cheever, Team 2, 61. 




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Mr. Frank Browx 
toastmaster 

W. & D Soccer Banquet 

TO 

Paw tucket Players and Quests 

Wednesday, January 11, there 
gathered together in the Whiting & 
Davis Factory Restaurant some forty 
Soccer and Sport enthusiasts on in- 
vitation from Manager Lowe of the 
Soccer Team to attend a "Feast" 
gotten up by Chef Olsen and his as- 
sistants, which merited the sincere 
approval and thanks of those fortu- 
nate enough to partake of his art. 

After the tables were cleared, 
Toastmaster Frank Brown opened 
the entertainment of the program by 
calling upon Mr. Ernest Savage to be 
the pianist of the evening. After a 




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pittto selection, which received much 
^epplause, those present were called 
••upon in turn by the toastmaster to 
* give a few remarks relative to the 
sports program in general, and the 
soccer team in particular. The speak- 
ers, one and all were unanimous in 
their praise of the work Manager 
Lowe had accomplished in rounding 
into shape a bunch of green pi avers 
and making it possible for the Whit- 
ing & Davis team to stand fourth in 
the league against ten other teams, 
most of whom were experienced Soc- 
cer players. Mr. Sturgis Rice, when 
called upon said that he was pleased 
to convex to those assembled a word 
Cont'd on Page 2 ( ol 3 



Bag Topics 

Thrift. 

Local Bank Helps Xmas Club. 

P. S. £ L. Association Busy. 



By Harry B. Rowan 



Through the efforts of Mr. C. A. 
Whiting and Mr. Mulvey of the Man- 
ufacturers' National Bank, the Xmas 
Savings Club started by that institu- 
tion, was given a big boost on Wed- 
nesday at noon, January 4th, when 
115 new members subscribed at the 
factory office. Mr. E. Roger Sher- 
man of the bank staff, was present 
and received the deposits. He will be 
at the same location every pay day in 
the future from 12 to 1 p. m. 

Due to the registering of the ap- 
plication cards and the giving out of 
the books, more time was taken than 
will be necessary from now on when 
deposits are passed in with Club Hook 
the book being stamped and returned 
to the depositor. 

By joining the Xmas Club and pay- 
ing a small amount each week when 
the employee receives his pay, he is 
enabled to have sufficient spending 
money for Xmas. Checks are sent 
out by the bank to Club members on 
December 10th, covering the deposits 
with interest. 

The special feature which appeals 
to Whiting & Davis employees is the 
depositing of their money pay day at 
the factory. This, of course, the bank 
is willing to do on account of the 
number of employees who are deposi- 
tors. 

Mr. Byron S. Gardiner, President 
of the Plainville Savings and Loan 
Association, has been very successful 
in selling more than 'MM) new shares in 
the 43rd Series which are open until 
February 10th. A large proportion 
of these shares were taken by Whit- 
ing & Davis employees who have tak- 
en this method of permanent saving. 

The Association which was organ- 
ized in 1880 has been very successful, 
and paid 5 per cent interest com- 
pounded quarterly. 

Cont'd on Page 3 Col. 2 



WADCO NEWS 



Wadco News 



Published Semi-Monthly 
by Employee? of Whiting & Davis Co. 

Plaiuville. Mass. 
Editor . . H. B. Rowax 

ylssociate Editors _ 

Haitie Goodwin ' Middleboro 

Frances Peuuimau ) 



ROGER W. BABSON OX BUSI- 
NESS 



Lawrence Cook 
Phoebe Havey 
Rita A Drams 
Dick Barton 
Ted Peterson 
Erwiu Sylvia 
Frank Broun 



Factory 

Canadian Factory 

So I'd Mesh Dept. 

Unsol'd Mesh Dept. 

Mesh Dept. 

Stamp Dept. 

Tool Dept. 

Bench Dept. 



COMMERCIAL PRESS-PRINTERS 



OUR PRESIDENT'S TIME CLOCK 



Didn't know he had one, did you? 
Thought all Mr. Whiting has to do 

was to eome in when he pleases and 
put on his hat and go out when he 
feels like it. 

Not so ! Not a bit not so ! Our presi- 
dent punches a time clock. You have 
not seen it because he carries it with 
him. It might be called by several 
names: Duty. Conscience. Determin- 
ation : but we think the best of these 
is Conscience. Inclination may sug- 
■ a pleasure trip, but a glance at 
his time clock, Conscience, shows that 
there are yet ahead many hours of 
labor if faith is to be kept with those 
of us who are keeping faith with him. 
be buckles down to work although 
the accepted hours of work for most 
of us already may have been far ex- 
iled. Our president's time clock 
has a twenty-four hour dial and if 
you were permitted to examine its 
records you would find often as many 
evidences of work "after hours" as 
during the usual period of effort. 

Without his time clock called Con- 
science it would be easy to •"call it a 
day" when the wheels ceased to whirl. 
But there is more than a matter of 
dollars and cents devolving upon the 
president, our own or any man who 
lias a right To the title. That matter is 
the welfare through continued em- 
ployment of those who have enlisted 
under him. A good president is like 
a good genera] — he safeguards as far 
as p o s si ble those with whose command 
he has been intrusted. 

It may he the movies for them after 
boon : but for the president ! His time 
clock goes tieking on until finally 
Conscience strikes the hour when all's 
done that can and should be and the 
ord of another dav is written. 

The Wadco Ad-Man. 



The expert statistician of Wellesley 
Hills, in an address on '"The Busi- 
ness Outlook for 1922." given in Tre- 
mont Temple. Boston, under the au- 
spices of the Pilgrim Publicity Asso- 
ciation, stated that while in New 
England, we have passed the worst of 
the depression and are now marching 
on the road to prosperity, that it (de- 
pression) was now at its height in the 
(urn Belt of the Middle West, and 
has affected the Pacific Coast only 
slightly. 

Mr. Babson would like to see stealdy 
business replace our excited periods 
of prosperity, and profiteering, there- 
by automatically doing away with/the 
hard times which always follow such 
periods, for as he pointed out. every- 
thing is done in cycles, which are 
forever turning to the will of that 
great economic law of action and re- 
action. During the final days of de- 
pression such as we have passed 
through, thrift, honesty, efficiency 
and righteousness develop in their 
turn. Replacing the evil factors of 
dishonesty, inefficiency and profiteer- 
ing of the preceding era of prosper- 
ity. 

With regard to advertising, Mr. 
Babson declared that it is sad to con- 
template the undoubted fact that the 
average manufacturer advertises, not 
when he most needs business, but 
when he has plenty of money and his 
organization is straining to keep up 
with incoming orders. 

The man who has the best interests 
of the country at heart will advertise 
now. 

Think you Whiting & Davis adver- 
tising appropriate? It would seem to 
1 e in line at least with the speaker's 
views on the subject. 



YOCR INCOME TAN 



Once again we have to think of 
taxes. Fortunate, indeed are we who 
bave someone delegated from the of- 
fice to do this work for us. It pie- 
no one to sit down and take the time 
necessary to wrestle with the Income 
Tax questions as printed on the 
Blanks, and when we can shift this 
burden onto other shoulders, we 
greatly appreciate it. A vote of 
thanks is surely due Mr. Whiting and 
those he has chosen to do the work. 
February 1st or thereabouts the work 
will commence. ■, 



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• from Mr. ('. A Whiting, who was un- 
able to be present U<- wanted the 
h< ys to know he was pleased at the 
fine showing the team, had made and 
that in this as in other sportsand un- 
dertakings they had his hearty sup- 
port and hest wish's and hoped for a 
continuance of the good work. 

Tommy Taylor accompanied by tin- 
pianist sang several songs which 
called forth much applause from tin- 
boys. 

Richard Berk- ley also gave piano- 
selections. 

The Toas' master, as the evening 
went on. arose to announce the dis- 
appointment of Manager Lowe and 
the team at the non-appearance of in- 
vited guests from Pawtucket, which 
was due to the extremely bad weather 
of the evening, and the fear that they 
would not be able to get back to Paw-, 
tucket that night. 

The Teas- master appointed as a 
Booster Committee the Editor of the 
"Wadco" News. Horace Cheever, 
S unr.s Rice. Ed. Herlin and Gene 
Manchester, to work with and provide 
a little nu re pep to the Athletic Af 
ciation. The aim of this committee 
will be to stir up and render the sup- 
port which our team merits and 
should have. 

Manager Lowe gave an interesting 
talk on the team, taking each man 
and givieg his views on their g' 
qualities and weaknesses. He- ended 
by making a strong plea for support- 
to the team a - d he wanted to 
see the rooters turn out to encQnn 
the boys 

Captain Savage said he was pleased 
with team for it was a niighty good 
team, and all were hard workers, the 
league standing showing this, and he 
was confident that if the players all 
showed up at the games, n^khcr ag- 
gregation could trim them. 

The good time of the e/e^fcg closed 
y all those 'present .ioinine in and 
fnging. After that — three hearty 
cheers were given for the Whiting & 
Davis team. 



Standing 


Points 


1 — Fairlawt. Rovers'. 


16 


2 — Sa^(PHeart. 


16 


3 1 le Rovers. 


13 


4 — Whiting & Davis. 


11 


5 — Potter &|Johnson, 
6— Ashton Rovers, 


9 
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7 — Fenner A. C. 

-— Taft .A. C, 


7 


7 


9— Bennett A. <\. 


5 


10 — Broadwav. 


6 


Points: Win counts 2: 


Tie Game 1. 



WADCO NEWS 




Prosperous Sioxs 



''AUTO SALES a la CURB" 



On coming out one noon time, quite 
recently from the factory many em- 
ployees were surprised at the array of 
demo? stration cars parked in front of 
the factory. Xo reason could be as- 
cribed for the display, but that the 
enterprising automobile dealer was 
aware of the fact that the Whitinjr & 
Davis Company, through many yeans, 
lias acquired a reputation second to 
none in the matter of steady employ- 
ment, and good wages paid. These 
lakcii in conjunction with the number 
of employees makes for good pros- 
pects. 



SILVER BULLION 



Jan. 6, 1922 

Bar Silver in London down l/8d at 
34-3 4d. New York price for dom s- 
tic bar silver was 99;V8c per oz. Thje 
Mint price "fSr i'ii" silver un- 
changed at 64 7/Hc. 

Range of prices for silver bullion 
during the y- ar 1921 : 
London— Hjiest; 43 3/8d Sept 

lowest, 30lr8d. Mar. .1. 
New York— Highest 73 3/8c 

lowest, 52 3/Sc Mar. 6. 

1920 — year range : 
Londop— Highest, 89 1/Sd. 

lowest, 38 3/8d; Dm-. 10. 
New Yorb— Highest, $1.37 ^an 

lowest, "9 l/4c. Dec 10 



Oct. 



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Feb 11; 



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"Judge," said the prisoner. "I m 
,baf." 

"That may be,"' said the judge. 
"but you'll get your hearing in the 



morning. 



MANY. MESH BAOS SHOWN IN 
CANADA 



The stores have shown a greater 
variety for the Chrislmas trade than 
they have for a long time. This seems 
to be the case all over Canada for in 
conversation with a manufacturer 
he said : 

Business with us has been very 
good particularly for the last four 
months and at the present time or- 
ders on hand are about double what 
they were this time last year; and we 
have in consequence been obliged to 
employ a number of extra hands, said 
the head of a large fancy hand bag 
house, when interviewed by Women's 
Wear. While business has been good 
and orders coming in well we have 
had to give close attention to the sell- 
ing end, have also done more adver- 
tising than formerly. We feel that 
as most of the stocks were low and 
that as a rule most of them have been 
cautious in placing new stocks, that 
they should move a good portion dur- 
ing the Holiday season and should 
be in the market to replenish slocks 
early in 1922. 

We put on the market in June a new 
\rvy much nicer, line of "roods than 
any we had before attempted and find 
that the demand for these goods has 
greatly exceeded our expectations. We 
have already received some orders for 
1922 delivery and this with other in- 
dications leads ns to believe that we 
can look forward with considerable 
confidence to good business for the 
coming year. 



Continuous employment is more 
desired than the haphazard kind. 



Many homes have been bui!t by 
members in the past, who consider 
it a very efficient way to get one of 
your own. Whv not start now? 



EXTENSIVE ALTERATIONS IX 
THE BAG PRODUCTION I) KPT. 



As we believe that each and every-. 
one in the Soldered and Unsoldered 
Departments contributes to make an 
excellent organization; our policy is to 
obtain the best working conditions 

possible; as a result we are making 
one large enclosed crib for the clerical 
and inspection forces of the two de- 
partments as well as a stock room for 
goods in process. 

The Lamson carriers just installed 
enable us to keep a steady flow of 
ba^s to the Coloring Department in- 
stead of waiting to accumulate a 
truck load as previously. This means 
si rvice. 

Our automatic cutting machine, 
are to be located permanently now 
with room to receive additional ma- 
chines from time to time as they are 
turned over by the Tool Department. 

Someone asked "How many people 
will those machines throw out of 
work?" We don't anticipate letting 
anyone go on that account Tie 
machines are onr only salvation to get 
the costs down to meet the stiff com- 
petition we are now facing. Lower 
priced bags or better bags for 
money are the only means to get or- 
ders and it's orders that keep us here. 

If someone else is to get those or- 
ders then we are out of luck but we 
feel confident that we can successfully 
meet the changed conditions and keep 
going merrily on. 

An old saying runs "When worms 
are scarce does a hen stop scratch- 
ing?" Not by a darn sight. She 
scratches all the harder. That's us. 

Of course you all know we want 
100 percent co-operation from every 
one and constructive criticisms as well 
as suggestions are always welcomed. 
.Most of the improvements that have 
been made came from that source. 
William Sweet, 
Mgr. Sol. & CJnsol. Dept. 



FELLOW MANAGERS AND 
SHOPMATES 



I wish to express my sincere thanks 
to those who contributed to, and ar- 
ranged for, the beautiful floral piece 
sent to the funeral of my father in 
Fayville. Mass. The kindly action 
and the spirit that prompted it an 
very deepy appreciated by myself and 

family; sister and brother. 

Walter K. Collins, 
Foreign Shipping Dept 



CAUGHT IN THE MESH 



ARE BUSINESS PROSPECTS 
GOOD? 



RELIEF ASSOCIATION NEWS 



We'll say yes. — with three large 
department store buyers caliing at 
the factory in one week to look over 
our line of bags. It's not sentiment 
that brings them to Plainville, but 
good keen business acumen that 
prompts these men to be ever watch- 
ful of the new things turned out by 
the "Whiting & Davis Co. 

They have been pleased to state 
that the business done by their houses 
in 1921 has been the greatest ever — 
the reason they ascribe is "Going af- 
ter it," "Keeping at it," and not 
waiting for business to come. 

Let us all carry on with the same 
determination and we shall have few 
regrets regarding 1922. 



Mrs. Beatrice 

Ayer is not as- 
sociated with "Ay- 
ers' Sarsaparilla" 
but from the "Ay- 
er" around her we 
know she is using 
her handsome 

Xmas Gift from 
the girls of the Un- 
soldered depart- 
ment, a "cut glass powder and perfume 
set." Her 12 years' experience on mesh 
makes her a valuable f orelady for Whit- 
ing & Davis Co. 




Anita Geromina 

who was unfortu- 
nate enough to be 
in an auto acci- 
dent a few weeks 
ago wishes to 
thank the girls of 
the soldered and 
unsoldered depart- 
ments for their 
kindness in re- 
membering her. The young lady suf- 
fered a broken collar bone due to the 
accident. Her shopmates miss her from 
her work for she is a very pleasant and 
agreeable girl. She is also a very good 
worker for her department. 




Mrs. Agnes Mc- 

Gettrick, alias 

"Tutie" has been 
with us only a year 
but is holding 
down her job with 
much credit. Chief 
Inspector is her 
job in the Solder- 
ed Department. As 
for being a sport, fox hunting is a hobby 
with her. Likes to follow the hounds. 




The Board of Directors of the 
Whiting & Davis Co. Relief Associa- 
tion met a week ago last night, plans 
were made, and committees appoint- 
ed for the Annual Meeting which it 
was voted should take place Jan. 23, 
Monday at 6 o 'clock with a banquet in 
the Factory Restaurant. The ban- 
quet committee and Chef Olsen are 
now busy with a menu that should 
please an epicure. 

The banquet over, a business meet- 
ing is to be held at which reports will 
be read and officers elected. 

Next on the program will be Whist 
for those who care to play. At 8 o'- 
clock all who wish to dance will ad- 
journ to the Town Hall where the 
Dance committee have a real treat in 
store in Wilds Orchestra of Provi- 
dence, which is considered one of the 
best in its line. Many will recall the 
good time we all had last year. The 
committee are striving to make it even 
better this year. Let's Go. 

The following Committees were ap- 
pointed : 

Banquet Committee. — Mrs. H. 
Hooper, Erwin Sylvia. H. Lanphier. 

Dance Committee. — Mrs. M. Casey, 
J. O. Gagnon, Chas. Quirk. 

Tickets. — Minna Simpson, B. S. 
Gardiner, F. Gaddes. 

Whist Committee — Hattie Coombs, 
Hilda Kriegle, Ed. Osterholm. 



PERSONAL CONTACT FACTOR 
IN SALES 



Mr. Frank Roddy is a new arrival 
at the bench in Department A. He 
comes to work on the new line of 
sterling bags. Frank is well known 
hereabouts, at one time doin°r quite 
a bit of singing. We are pleased to 
welcome and extend to him our best 
wishes. 



Dan Quirk, assistant foreman in 
the Service Branch is proud and 
pleased with the girls who work with 
him. Personally he thinks them a 
nice lot. 



Wanted: A man in the Service 
Branch Office who seldom speaks, by 
a girl who can talk enough for both. 
Call on Laura Jacobs, if interested. 



Miss Helen Coughlin wants every- 
one to know that from now on her 
name is Nellie and not Helen. 



Lillian Bryden says her idea of a 
perfect man is somebody her own age, 
somebody her own size and a Baptist. 



The salesman with original meth- 
ods of selling his merchandise and 
with the ability to find new channels 
of distribution is in great demand 
just now, when so many men of the 
selling profession who allowed them- 
selves to get soft during the war and 
post war period are failing to produce 
orders. The day of the swivel chair 
salesman is definitely at an end, from 
all accounts, and even the heads of 
big businesses are themselves ventur- 
ing forth with sample cases to see 
what they can accomplish in the way 
of bringing in sales. 



Miss Hattie 

Coombs came to 
work for Whiting 
& Davis Co. 15 
years ago when the 
bags turned out 
did not look much 
like our newer 
ones. Hattie has 
much valuable 

knowledge of her 
work and has the mental qualifications 
to design as well as execute the new 
creations. She is a pillar of strength 
to her department and a favorite wi h 
all. Also takes much interest in needle- 
work. There is only one thing Hattie 
likes better than designing bags and 
that is picking Huckleberries. 




Meet Miss Flora 
Cote who is em- 
ployed in the Un- 
soldered Sample 
Dept. Her 14 years 
experience at this 
kind of work 
makes us feel 
proud to know 
her. » Besides she 
is an accomplished 
builder, taking a great pleasure in erect- 
ing such things as chicken coops, stables 
and a garage. Not many so capable as 
she. 




Meet Mabel Cssey 
Dicture taken down 
at Oak Bluffs Ma- 
bel has charge of 
the fish-scale me^h 
department. While 
she may not know 
much about scal- 
ing fish, she is right 
there on fish scale 
bags, having been with us since 1915. 
Mabel is a mighty conscientious work- 
er and very well thought of through- 
out the factory.